GEDC 2009 Budapest Conference

On October 2009, the GEDC held a day long workshop on “The Influence of Globalization in Engineering Education, Pedagogies and Accreditation.” The event brought together over fifty deans and other participants, and discussed challenges of implementing the Bologna Process, essential attributes of a “global engineer” and experiences with technology in engineering education.


GEDC Leadership Workshop on:

The Influence of Globalization in Engineering Education, Pedagogies and Accreditation

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
Monday, October 12
09:30- 17:30

TRACK 1: Building the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) by Bologna Process
10:00 – 12:00
Co-Chairs: Hasan Mandal, Chair-Elect, GEDC
Dean, Anadolu University, Turkey
Jose Carlos Quadrado, President, Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa, Portugal

In the decade leading up to 2020, European higher education has a vital contribution to make in realizing a Europe of knowledge that is highly creative and innovative. European higher education also faces the major challenge and the ensuing opportunities of globalization and accelerated technological developments with new providers, new learners and new types of learning. Student- centered learning and mobility will help students develop the competencies they need in a changing labor market and will empower them to become active and responsible citizens. In these respects, the Bologna Process has been revolutionary for cooperation in European higher education since 1999. The process has aroused growing curiosity and interest, but also some uneasiness in other parts of the world. In this workshop, the more recent developments in the Bologna Process including the framework of European Qualifications Framework based on learning outcomes and student workload which are linked to the European Standards and Guidelines for quality assurance will be discussed. Special attention will be paid on the accreditation of engineering programs.

10.00-10.05 Introduction
10.05-10.20 Lecture by Kurucz Katalin (Hungarian Experience on Bologna
Experience) Tempus Public Foundation
10.20-10.45 Short comments about the experiences in Bologna Process from
different countries
10.45-11.05 Comments on the Bologna Process by J.C.Quadrado
11.05-11.15 EUR-ACE Accreditation by H. Mandal
11.15-11.50 Group Discussions
11.50-12.00 Summary


Lunchtime Address:
Noon – 13:00
Jack Lohmann
Vice Provost and Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

“Creating a Culture for Scholarly and Systematic Innovation in Engineering Education”– A brief presentation of the ASEE/NSF project


TRACK 2: Attributes of a Global Engineer
Co-Chairs: Cristina Amon, Chair, GEDC
Dean, University of Toronto, Canada
Sarah Rajala, Past-President of the American Society for Engineering Education; Dean, Mississippi State University, USA

While international collaboration has always been part of the engineering endeavor, economic globalization and communication technologies have both accelerated its scope and pace. As leaders of engineering education institutions, it is our responsibility to provide our engineering graduates with the education, skills and confidence to work effectively, to compete successfully and to collaborate efficiently in the global environment.

This workshop will discuss the attributes and abilities that define the global engineer such as: understanding the broad context of engineering work, including cross-disciplinary aspects, along with the business, ethics and social implications; ability to adapt to new situations, deal with complexity, collaborate on a global basis, and communicate across language and cultural differences.

Determining and assessing the skills and attributes required by global engineers will enable us to incorporate them in our students’ engineering education and increase their global competitiveness.

Professor Pat Fox, first Vice President of ASEE, will share the work of the ASEE’s Corporate Council’s work related to the profile of the attributes of a Global Engineer.


Coffee Break
15:00 – 15:30


TRACK 3: Enhancing Engineering Education with Technology
15:30 – 17:30
Co-Chairs: David Garza Salazar, ITESM, Monterrey Campus, Mexico
Ibrahim N. Hajj, Dean, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Engineering Schools around the world are always seeking innovative ways to enhance engineering education. One of the key challenges that we face in engineering education is the transformation of the traditional lecture-based teaching model into an active-learning model where students participate in the construction of their own knowledge. This implies a redesign of the teaching-learning experience. We are on the verge of a generational change, the upcoming freshman class are students that were born when the World Wide Web was already popular. Many of them are digital natives with certain skills, behaviors and expectations very different from those of the digital immigrants (most of the current faculty and administrators). Technology can be a catalyst for this transformation, turning a traditional classroom into an exciting environment where high student engagement and academic success is achieved.

In this track we will explore the lessons learned and lessons to be learned associated with the use of technology to enhance engineering education.

Our aim is to share best practices, experiences, and tools that are being used around the world by different engineering schools.
The main topics of the track will focus on:
• Enhancing engineering programs with technology in the classroom.
• Measuring the impact of technology in learning.
• Challenges in the use of technology in the classroom.
• Experiences with distance learning.

Opening Speaker: Uriel Cukierman, Universidad Tecnologica Nacional, Argentina
The way in which we teach and learn nowadays in universities’ classrooms has been kept practically invariable for decades and centuries. What usually happens in engineering schools is not an exception to this rule. Nevertheless, the students that attend to those classrooms belong to new generations accustomed to learn, work and play with digital technologies. The challenge is to update the didactics in higher education institutions, especially in those where technology is what we teach and learn.

Speaker: Ibrahim Hajj, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Effective Use of Technology to Enhance Engineering Education: The AUB Experience
A variety of technology tools are being used to boost teaching and learning in engineering programs at the American University of Beirut. With limited resources, compared to those available in universities in “rich” countries, AUB has been able to offer courses that meet the expectations of its “net-generation” of engineering students. Using open-source technologies, engineering instructors are mixing online and face-to-face activities that encourage reflection, interaction, cooperation, engagement, and active learning. Challenges and rewards will be discussed.


Closing Remarks
17:30 -17:45
Hasan Mandal, Chair, GEDC
Dean, Anadolu University, Turkey

Please click here to view the complete list of attendees.

Click here for the full program for ASEE's Global Colloquium on Engineering Education.